Kevin Brennan Writes About What It's Like
I’m taking a little informal poll here. Tell me what you think.
We have a neighbor, a to-all-appearances nice lady in her mid-seventies, who leaves her dog outside 24/7. Technically he spends most of his days/nights in the garage, but the back door to the garage is left open so he can go in and out.
Problem is, the garage isn’t heated and it’s gettin’ cold outside. It got down to freezing on Wednesday night. Yep, good ol’ Sam spent the night in his garage.
Our neighbor was out of town at the time and had been for several days. In fact, she’s been gone more than she’s been home for the past couple of months, but now that the temperatures are dropping at night and it’s raining quite a bit, we’re worried about her dog.
So on Thursday morning we left a note on her door for the person who’d been coming by to feed Sam. Since we didn’t know when “Cruella” was coming home, we expressed our concerns and asked if someone could take Sam with them until she got back.
Well, Cruella got home Thursday evening and must have seen the letter. Today she came by to tear us a new one, telling us, in a more roundabout way, to mind our own business. We live in the country now, she said. Lots of people leave their dogs out. I added to our complaint by telling her that Sam barks at night when she’s not home, so we have that issue on the docket too, but her main argument was that she can treat her dog however she likes. It’s not neglect. It’s not cruel. It’s country.
Anyway, my poll question is, were we on solid ground expressing concern for Sam’s welfare? If Cruella had been home all those days, we wouldn’t have made a fuss, but since she was out of town there was no telling how long Sam would be at risk. Or how low the temperature would go each night.
So, if you see something say something? Or butt out?